Monday, June 11, 2012

Joe Biden Protest

Joe Biden came to town on June 6, 2012. A group of Tea Party Patriots went to downtown Winston-Salem to protest. I wore a Green Bay Packer jersey and a cheesehead in celebration of the Wisconsin election results the previous day.

The police escorted us to a makeshift jail behind bars. We couldn't protest on the sidewalks. They had an area  prepared for  us no where near Biden's location. We were so far away he never saw us!

God, however, had other plans. After the protest, we were walking back to our cars. The VP decided he'd like some frozen custard, so he stopped at Wolfies. Right in front of us! I was in front and held my sign as we were stopped. Secret Service wouldn't let us pass. Once it was clear, we made it back to the car. Realizing several members were not back, we waited a few minutes for their return.  I decided to call my son.

When Matt answered his phone, I asked, "Where are you?"  He replied, "Watching the vice president eat frozen custard."  I said, "Well, get back to the car."  He then stated, "Secret Service won't let us."  I grabbed a sign and headed back up to meet the group. Just as I arrived at the street corner, the VP was leaving Wolfies.  I was surprised that the Secret Service let me get so close to his car. It was pretty incredible!

I held the sign as he got into his car. He sat for a second, leaned forward and read my sign.  I was the only sign on my side of the street, so I know he was reading my sign as he looked at me. The grin on his face was priceless!  He was probably trying to figure out why I had a cheesehead on my head! I was able to snap a few pictures. I held my sign with one hand and my iPone in the other.

 Here are a few pictures from the day (sorry that they are not in order):

Protesters before heading over to Biden's location
Our protest cage
Protesters before the protest
Another view of our cage
Secret Service man who kept us from passing as Biden entered Wolfies
Some of the Winston-Salem Tea Party members walking to the protest
At the protest, you can see the rest of the cage
Joe Biden getting into the car
before the protest
Me... in the protest cage
Another Tea Party member at the protest
After the protest. This was the sign I held up for Biden to read
Before the protest. Matt found a sign.
Biden in the Car
Biden outside of Wolfies heading to his car

Another Tea Party member with her sign

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Love the signs, Pattie! Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to everything that will be on the new blog. :-)

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